LA PLATA, Md. (Aug. 25, 2008)—The Charles County Commissioners and American Community Properties Trust (ACPT) opened the St. Charles Parkway/Rosewick Road extension on August 18, creating a new link between Waldorf and La Plata. The new roadway is a major component of the County Commissioners Comprehensive Transportation Strategy put into motion in March of 2002, to create a road network and increase mobility.
ACPT completed the construction of the $14 million St. Charles Parkway Extension, a 2.2 mile stretch of a four lane divided roadway roadway from Demarr Road in White Plains to Radio Station Road in La Plata. The County completed a 0.4 mile stretch of the roadway that intersects with Radio Station Road at a cost of $2.2 million.
This new corridor provides a scenic alternative route that includes a parallel hiker-biker path and nature friendly stormwater management ponds. This new road extension, along with sections of Rosewick Road currently under construction and previously completed, will provide the final leg of the four lane road to US 301 in northern La Plata.
The County Commissioners say the extension creates a new option for motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists to travel between these two growing metropolitan areas within the County, easing congestion and creating greater circulation on local roadways. They added that the construction of this long-planned road fulfills a paramount County infrastructure goal, linking several major roadways, and effectively creating a new bypass of US 301 through the Waldorf, White Plains, and La Plata areas.